Literature

Margo Jefferson Author Columbia University
Pulitzer Prize-winning School of the Arts Professor Margo Jefferson has been a staff writer for "The New York Times" and "Newsweek;" her reviews and essays have appeared in "New York Magazine," "Grand Street," "Vogue," "Harper's" and elsewhere.
Professor James Shapiro Shakespeare Columbia University
James Shapiro is among the best known Shakespeare experts in the world. His latest book delves into the political, social and theatrical conditions that shaped the plays written under King James.

The seminar in 401 Hamilton Hall focused on classic literary texts, including Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Othello, and W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. But this was no ordinary summer school class, and its students were not traditional collegians.

Sheldon Pollock, the Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies, Columbia University

Around the world scholars in modern and ancient languages seek to maintain the world’s diverse cultures.

Gregory Pardlo, Columbia teacher, student, and Pulitzer Prize winner

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Gregory Pardlo, a poet and writer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry this week for his second book of poems, Digest. His award has a special distinction at the University, where the Journalism School administers the prizes: he is both a faculty member and a student here.

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

 

Associate Professor Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He released his debut memoir, Little Failure, in 2014, to much critical acclaim.

A number of years ago, a student reviewing a class taught by Dorothea von Mücke summed up how the professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures taught the course Literature Humanities this way: “Professor von Mücke refuse

Asked what makes a good teacher or good student, Molly Murray (CC’94) responds simply, “Curiosity … an openness to new ideas and a willingness to follow them where they lead, into the library or out of it.” She also takes the word “curiosity” back to its Latin root, cura or “care,” and add

Patricia Dailey, an associate professor of English and comparative literature, specializes in medieval literature and critical theory, adapting her teaching style to individual classes.

Liza Knapp (GSAS’85), an associate professor of Slavic languages, focuses her teaching and research on 19th century Russian literature, in particular the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

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